I generally don’t just dismiss entertainment because someone says there is a dark meaning behind it, but there is a movie coming out in early December that directly targets our Lord and Savior, Christianity as a whole, and actually promotes aetheism. I’m against that. I received an email relating to this movie from my brother, David, and felt that I needed to share it with those of you who have influence with children in any way.

There is a children’s movie coming out in December 2007 called The Golden Compass, which has been described as “atheism for kids,” and is based on the first book of a trilogy written by Phillip Pullman, a militant atheist and secular humanist who despises C. S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia.  His motivation  for writing this trilogy was specifically to counteract Lewis’ symbolisms of Christ that are portrayed in the Narnia series.  Pullman’s avowed objective is to counter Christianity and promote atheism. 

The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman, has rightfully been drawing fire from concerned Christians. The film is based on the book Northern Lights,  which was released in the U.S. as The Golden Compass, the first volume of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of children’s books. Books of the trilogy have sold over 15 million copies around the world, and it is expected that the movie will be widely accepted as well.

In a 2003 interview Pullman explained the theme of his books, and the movie, when he stated that “my books are about killing God in the minds of children.” Conservative British columnist Peter Hichens labeled Pullman “The Most Dangerous Author in Britain,” and described him as “the writer the atheists would be praying for, if atheists prayed.”

The Catholic League has condemned The Golden Compass, and has produced a pamphlet that unmasks the hidden themes of the trilogy and the upcoming movie. The League’s position is that children will go to the movie, which is based on the least offensive of the three books, and that they will then purchase the trilogy and its seriously anti-religious themes.

While The Golden Compass movie itself may seem mild and innocent, the books are a much different story.  In the trilogy, a young streetwise girl travels through several worlds in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God.  Another character, an ex-nun, describes Christianity as “a very powerful and convincing mistake.”  In the final book, characters representing Adam and Eve eventually kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH.  Each book in the trilogy gets progressively worse regarding Pullman’s hatred of Jesus Christ.

The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman, is set to premier on December 7, during the Christmas season, and will probably be heavily advertised.  Pullman’s promoters hope that unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the movie, enjoy its relatively mild anti-religion theme, and then purchase the entire set of books for Christmas. This is a serious threat. Check it out for yourself. See what the editors at SNOPES have written about this movie: click here

Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also, pass this information along to everyone you know, including your church leaders.